Dubai-based Emirates will resume its service between Dubai and Auckland in January 2021, making it the world’s longest flight since COVID-19 caused countries to close their borders. Rather than a daily flight as it was previously, the flight will be four times per week.
The flight will operate using a Boeing 777-300ER rather than an Airbus A380. According to the aviation website Live And Lets Fly, the route will set a distance record for a regularly scheduled passenger flight utilizing this type of aircraft.
Since the global pandemic’s reduction in the number of people flying, Emirates has still flown between the Gulf State and Auckland, but these have been cargo-only flights operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. Without passengers, the aircraft could make the 7,668 nautical miles (14,201 kilometers) trip without stopping for fuel. Still, as a passenger flight, it might need to be weight-restricted on the westward return journey from Auckland to Dubai.
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